Bad Books Abound!

Here is a quote from a review of a book hustled by Bookbub, which recommends cheap books from Amazon.

“I am beginning to think that anyone who is willing to take the time to sit down and put words on paper can write a book. I pray there are still those who believe that writing is an art worthy of creativity and substance.”

Amen to that, dear reviewer. The advent of computers and word processors has, in my opinion, empowered every housewife in the world to believe they are legitimate authors. (And there are a lot of guys who are just as bad – but since they are normally working at some productive job they don’t have as much time to write tripe.)

I have just spent three months writing a 50 page story. It has been proofed, and rewritten and rewritten and rewritten over and over. I finally had to stop because it was as good as I could make it and as error free as is humanly possible. Three months for 50 pages. And I have been writing for years and years and have a file cabinet full of rejection letters to prove it.

I have always had a knack for writing. It is like any other talent, it is a God-given ability just as some people have a natural talent for music or competitive sports. It takes talent, which you cannot buy or study your way into. And then, just like the musician or Olympic swimmer, writing is a skill which you must practice over and over.

Unfortunately, the reviewer quoted above is expressing the sentiments of many of us who have to fight the mountain of really poorly written crap to get our little offerings noticed. Writing successfully takes talent, skill, practice, and lots of work. Some people are cutting corners just because they can with ePublishing. Sorry, but that is the way it is. So it is now up to the reader to separate the wheat from the chaff. Good luck.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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